As countries talk about climate change and ways of addressing accelerating climate instability in Paris this fortnight, it is appropriate and not only that, necessary as well, to discuss the environmental impact and sustainability of local and international library conferences. While it is very nice to travel to events (and I've done this numerous times,…
Rockwell, Jenny; Selden, David (2019). Carbon offsets for sustainable travel, a SustainRT ALA 2019 program
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2017). Certified Sustainable. Library Journal, 142(16), 22-23
The article discusses the launch of Sustainable Libraries Certification program by the New York Library Association (NYLA) to create sustainable institutions that contribute to sustainable communities. It mentions technical assistance in completing the certification path will be provided by advisors and interns through NYLA-SI's partner Westchester Green Business and NYLA-SI and New York is poised to test this new resource in hopes that it will become a national.
Landes, Christopher (2018). Challenges and opportunities in implementing a sustainable approach at academic libraries: Fields of Action at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 181-196). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-018
Tanasijevic, Suzana; Pesic, Ivana (2019). Changing yourself will change the World – Public Library in Jagodina by developing the library according to the users’ needs will become a part of global changes worldwide: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
The poster shows how the Public Library in Jagodina with the implementation of three (still ongoing) digitally inclusive innovative services directly participates in the implementation of the UN AGENDA 2030 and achieves the following SDG’s: 4, 8, and 10. The Digital Citizen Project is supported by Google with the aim of transforming public libraries in the region into digital, innovative and educational centers that contribute to the development of a digitally advanced society. Using donated equipment of micro: bits, mi: node kits and a 3D printer Library organizes workshops educating children and youth to learn coding in order to prepare them successfully for today's demanding labor market needs. The project is particularly focused on children and young people who lack technological equipment. (Goal 4). The project, AgroLib-Ja started in 2010 with the support of the NGO EIFL-PLIP has revitalized four rural libraries and created a network of libraries that provide information and communication services especially for farmers. The aim of the project is to improve the lives of people in the villages and economically empower farmers through services: free internet access and ICT training, expert lectures in the field of agriculture, current literature and magazines, online marketplace for free advertising of farmers’ products. (Goals 4, 8). Within service Electricity letters – online literary magazine for children and youth, started in 2012, Library educates the youngest users through the new media. Library provides quick access to an e-publication for children and youth who do not have access to libraries. Library in this way reduces inequality between children in rural and urban areas with regard to equal access to information and education. (Goals 4, 10).
Bever, Greta (2012). Chicago standard operating procedure. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 7-16). Library Juice Press
Hauke, Petra (2016). Chinas Bibliotheken auf dem grünen Weg: Nachhaltige Bibliotheken in Hongkong, Peking und Guangzhou
China weiß um die Bedeutung von ökologischer Nachhaltigkeit. Sie wird nicht nur häufig thematisiert, sondern auch in entsprechenden Projekten umgesetzt. Dutzende sogenannter Ecocities, sind bereits im Bau, mehr als 200 sind derzeit geplant -- ob sie allerdings die ökologischen Probleme wirklich lösen, ist umstritten. Auch Bibliotheken, als öffentliche und gesellschaftlich geschätzte Einrichtungen mit großem Energiebedarf begeben sich auf den glqqgrünen Weggrqq und werden so zu Multiplikatoren mit Vorbildfunktion.
Rockrohr, Phil (2019). Climate change and sustainability: Library programs focus on critical components of 21st-century science. American Libraries, 50(October 9)
Every spring, Joe Hammes looks forward to visiting his family's Wisconsin cottage. But one year, unprecedented high waters in the La Crosse area kept him away from it until late May. ``The Mississippi River is flooding,'' says Hammes, public relations and communications coordinator for the La Crosse Public Library (LCPL). ``People know this is going on.'' But what can they do about it at the local level?
Charney, Madeleine K. (2019). Climate change conversations in libraries: Sabbatical training adventure. In Baer, Andrea Patricia; Schroeder, Robert (Hrsg.), Libraries promoting reflective dialogue in a time of political polarization (S. 149-170). Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
"Climate Change Conversations in Libraries: A Sabbatical Training Adventure" is chapter seven in the book Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization (ACRL 2019). As part of a twenty-four-week sabbatical, Charney set out to train librarians in each New England state on a range of methods for facilitating climate change conversations. The ultimate goal of Facing the Future: Facilitating Climate Change Conversations in Your Library was to encourage—more honestly, to implore—librarians to see themselves as change makers and bridge builders. The training pressed participants to answer an essential and painful question. How will each of us—as individuals and community members—hold the global, life-threatening reality of climate change while leading our communities toward a kinder, saner, and safer world? Facing the Future, a four-hour training, offered participants an opportunity to look squarely in the face of climate change while practicing leadership exercises and mindfulness techniques.
Charney, Madeleine; Smith, Sara (2017). Contemplative pedagogy & mindfulness for librarians. Five Colleges Consortium.
Charney, Madeleine; Colvin, Jenny (2018). Contemplative pedagogy: Building resilience in academic libraries. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 32-45). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-005
Blaine, Amy S. (2010). Creating a lean, green, library machine: Easy eco-friendly habits for your library. Library Media Connection, 28(4), 24-26
For some library media specialists, implementing the three Rs of recycling, reducing, and reusing comes easily; they've been environmentally conscious well before the concept of going green made its way into the vernacular. Yet for some of library media specialists, the thought of greening their library, let alone the entire school, can seem rather daunting. Whether library media specialists want to begin eco-friendly practices in their library in response to school-based initiatives or to take the lead in developing a school-wide program, it can be helpful, and encouraging, to learn some eco-friendly ways to become a lean, green, library machine. The author describes easy eco-friendly habits for one's library.
Lyons, Reneé (2019). Creating environmental stewards: Nonfiction prompting a sustainable planet. Children & Libraries, 17(2), 14-19
The article offers information on importance of green literature for environmental protection. Topics include loss of natural forests due to minimal activities; rate of extinction of rare animals due to deforestation; and need of books which presents models of promotion activities, field trips in schools, and associated events to access pro-environmental behaviors.
Wilson, Lizabeth A. (2012). Creating sustainable futures for academic libraries. Journal of Library Administration, 52(1), 78-93. DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2012.630241
Shaffer, Gary L. (2018). Creating the sustainable public library: The triple bottom line approach. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC. ISBN: 9781440857027
Transform any public library into a truly sustainable organization―not just environmentally sustainable, but economically and socially sustainable as well―by following the directions and practices described in this book. Sustainability in the context of ensuring the long-term success of a public library involves more than green initiatives and conserving resources: textquotedblsustainabilitytextquotedbl for libraries also describes efforts to increase their institutions' relevance to their communities as well as to make their programs socially equitable and economically feasible―a substantial challenge. This book is a powerful tool that public librarians, library directors, and library managers can use to create a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) sustainable library, to lead sustainability initiatives in their community, and to identify and adjust their current practices that are considered sustainable to improve performance. The chapters focus on the elements of library sustainability separately, first addressing economic and environmental sustainability before examining the aspects of internal (workforce) and external (community-facing) social sustainability. The author presents numerous case studies throughout the book that enable readers to better understand how the sustainability principles described play out in the real world.
Olszak, Lydia (2018). Creating the sustainable public library: The triple bottom line approach: Review. Library Journal, 143(12), 82
Zlatar Radigović, Karolina (2019). Croatian Cyclolibrarians and Sustainable Development: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
As a means of advocacy, the Zagreb Library Association and the ZLA Bicyclists Working Group are organizing bicycle tours for the fifth year running. Cyclolibrarians aim to connect libraries, discuss professional experiences with fellow librarians and create new relationships necessary for future cooperation, all the while developing the culture of bicycling, a well-known mode of sustainable transport. ZLA Bicyclists promote a healthy lifestyle and caring for the community by introducing the participants of the tours to our cultural and natural heritage. With these day-long events, the cyclolibrarian community promotes diverse and valuable library programs and creates a network of advocates of books and libraries. The bicycle tours promote exercise in the outdoors, foster communication with book lovers and create a positive public image of libraries. Along the way, cyclolibrarians discuss books and professional experiences, socialize and, of course, ride – bicycles! The successful Bicycle Through Zagreb County Libraries program is being extended nationally under the name Bicycle Through Croatian Libraries.
Chant, Ian (2014). Crossroads of design. Library Journal, Library By Design, Fall 2014, 8-9
Information about a one-day event called the Design Institute held on May 16, 2014, sponsored by the textquotedblLibrary Journal,textquotedbl on library design is presented. Topics include sustainability, the U.S. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, and community engagement. The Design Institute featured Salt Lake County Library director Jim Cooper, Ian Godfrey of the University of Utah's Marriott Library, and architect Kenner Kingston at Architectural Nexus.
Premarathne, B. N. G. S.; Bandara, B. E. S. (2019). Current status of Green Library Concept in public libraries of Central Province in Sri Lanka. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, 22(2), 119-128. DOI: 10.4038/jula.v22i2.7941
Green Library concept minimizes the negative effect on the natural environment and improves the quality of the library services by effective and sustainable use of resources. Concept of green library movement among the Sri Lankan library field is still at the grassroots level, whereas in the international scenario, it has already gained popularity. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to identify the current situation of green library initiatives in public libraries in Central province and to find out the level of awareness on green library concept among the library professionals. Survey research design was applied by using questionnaires. There are 193 public libraries in Central province but only 83 libraries are functioning with the Librarians Grade I, II or III. Other libraries are functioning as a reading room or branch libraries without a librarian. Total of 83 public libraries were selected purposively where there are authorized persons to manage them. The Response rate was 83%. Other than that, library visits and observations are also used for the analysis. Selected public libraries are governed by the provincial local government authorities and there were different grades of librarians in each library. There are 62% adults and 38% of children are the registered user community. It was investigated that the selected libraries are fairly applying the green library concept in their libraries without knowing the green concept. They have applied this concept in the areas of waste disposal, cleaning, energy savings, gardening, natural ventilation methods and lightings in an environmental friendly way. The study found that the availability of limited land area, limited fund allocations, limited staff, administrative issues and limited resources are the barriers to create an environmental friendly library. Results concluded that the green library initiatives in public libraries of the central province are still not at in a satisfactory level. Therefore, well - planned policy is required to implement this timely important concept to Sri Lankan public libraries.
International Federation of Library Associations; Institutions (2016). Das Recht auf Zugang zu Information und Chancen für alle: Der Beitrag der Bibliotheken zur Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 der Vereinten Nationen.
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